The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program requires applicants to make a donation (contribution) to the Public Investment Fund of Moldova. In exchange, applicants and their families are granted citizenship. By law, the number of main applicants (not family members) is limited to 5,000. The donation can be made in local currency, euro, Swiss francs or US dollars.
Contribution to Public Investment Fund
Family of Two
Family of Three or Four
Family of Five or More
Government Fees & Expenses
Due Diligence Fee
Service Provider Fee
Accredited Agent Fee
Child under 16
Parent (above 55)
Step 1. Collecting Documents & Filling out Forms
Applicant fills out the required forms, collects the required documents, has them legalized and translated into English and Romanian. You may check which forms and documents are applicable to your case by filling out this form.
Step 2. Submitting Documents
The complete package of documents is filed with the secretariat in person or through your accredited agent.
Step 3. Payment of Government Fees
At this stage you only need to pay the official application fees (€1,000-5,000 per applicant), due diligence fees (€5,000-6,000 per applicant), and passport fees (€300 per applicant).
Step 4. Application Formally Accepted
If the documents are complete, the Secretariat officially accepts them, a reference number is assigned, and a letter of acknowledgement is issued.
Step 5. Due Diligence; Providing Additional Information/Evidence
The Secretariat of the Commission conducts background checks through public searches and public database searches (including sanctions databases). Background checks are also conducted by other government agencies, such as National Anti-Corruption Center, Bureau of Migration and Asylum, Security and Intelligence Service etc, as well as a contracted third-party specialist agency.
If necessary, the Secretariat may request additional evidence in the form of declarations, affidavits, and other documents.
The Commission may charge additional costs incurred by due diligence companies in the course of evaluating the applicant.
Step 6. Pre-Approval
The Secretariat gives a favorable recommendation to the Commission, which approves the case in principle, and issues a letter instructing the applicant to pay the amount of donation and service provider fees to the designated account.
Step 7. Donation & Service Provider Fees
At this stage you make the donation in the amount of €100,000-155,000, depending on the size of your family. In addition, you pay the €25,000 service provider fee and, if you are applying through an accredited agent, the €10,000 agent fee.
Step 8. Citizenship Granted
The application is transferred to the office of the President for the final granting of citizenship by decree.
Step 9. Visiting Moldova or an Embassy to Take the Oath
You are invited to an approved venue (consulate, embassy etc.) to provide the required biometric data (fingerprints, photographs) ans swear an oath of allegiance.
Step 10. Collecting the Passports
Citizenship documents, including the passports, are issued and released, and the application is deemed complete.
Calculate the Fees &
Check the Document Requirements
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Frequently Asked Questions
on Citizenship by Investment
Who is not eligible to apply?
It is important that the main applicant and his/her dependents have no criminal records.
Also, citizenship may be refused to those applicants who applied for and did not get a visa to a country with which Moldova has visa-free or visa-on-arrival arrangements.
In particular, an applicant is eligible to apply if he/she meets the following requirements:
1) Has not been accused before the International Criminal Court;
2) Has not been sought by the INTERPOL either in the past or at the time of filing the application;
3) Is not a potential threat to the national independence and/or security of the Republic of Moldova;
4) Has not earned (directly or indirectly) income from criminal activities;
5) Has demonstrated that the funds allocated to the Program come from lawful sources;
6) Has submitted a complete list of the business activities, proving his/her good financial reputation;
7) Has not been prosecuted for or found guilty of committing terrorist offenses, terrorist financing, crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes against human rights and fundamental freedoms;
8) Has not been accused of committing offenses against family values, such as:
a) sexual intercourse with a person who has not reached the age of 16;
b) luring a child for sexual purposes;
d) any other form of sexual violence;
e) trafficking in human beings and children;
f) abduction of persons;
9) Has not been denied the visa to a country to which citizens of Moldova have free access, unless the visa was subsequently obtained;
10) Has no criminal record or, at the time of filing the application, is not suspected or accused of committing any of the following offenses:
a) offenses against public authorities and state security;
b) crimes of usurpation of the powers of public authorities committed by individuals, such as:
- the illegal detention or arrest of persons;
- taking hostage;
- arbitrary exercise of the alleged rights;
- trafficking in human beings, organization of illicit migration;
c) crimes committed by individuals against civil servants, including:
- threats or bodily injury to civil servants;
- aggression against civil servants;
- showing resistance to civil servants;
d) offenses of false denunciation, false declaration and false oath before a competent body or a court;
e) blackmail, bribery, as well as other corruption offenses;
f) offenses in the public sphere, including:
- forgery of documents;
- use of forged documents;
- counterfeiting of seals, stamps and trademarks;
- possession of counterfeit documents;
g) crimes against the life and health of the person, including:
- intentional murder;
- involuntary manslaughter;
- injury to bodily integrity or health;
h) offenses against minors;
i) offenses related to trafficking in human beings or illegal trafficking of migrants;
j) offenses against property, such as theft, robbery, scamming, money laundering, fictive or intentional insolvency, embezzlement;
(k) offenses against public security or public order, such as the delivery, placement, putting into service or detonation of an explosive device or other device with a fatal effect, including the manufacture, procurement, processing, storage, transportation, use or neutralization of explosive substances; radioactive materials; arson;
(l) any other offense which is sufficient to hold that the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria, including good economic and financial reputation and lack of danger or risk to public policy and public security.
National of which countries are not allowed to apply?
The list of countries the nationals of which are ineligible to apply shall be approved periodically. As of now, no such list has been made public.
Which family members can be included in the application?
The fact of dependency on the main applicant is determined by the Commission, based on the information contained in the application forms and documents showing the absence of source of income and/or maintenance by the main applicant.
What other family members are eligible for immigration benefits?
The following family members of Moldovan citizens qualify for residency status (temporary or permanent) in Moldova:
- Partner, who is not in registered marriage, who lives together with the citizen and with whom the citizen has at least one common child;
- Minor children, born in or out of wedlock, as well children adopted by the citizen or over which the citizen has custody;
- Adult children, provided that they cannot support themselves because of health issues;
- Parents who are dependent on the citizen or his/her spouse;
- Other persons under the guardianship of the citizen.
More information on residency is available below.
If my application is rejected, can I appeal that decision?
Yes. The Commission's decision on refusal of the application may be appealed administratively within 10 days of receiving the communication from the Commission, and subsequently, to the court, in accordance with the Law on Administrative Court.
Is it possible for the government to revoke my Moldovan citizenship?
Yes, the President of the Republic may revoke your citizenship in the following cases:
- You acquired citizenship fraudulently, by providing false information, concealing a material fact or in the absence of legal grounds provided by law;
- You voluntarily joined the armed forces of another country;
- You have committed a particularly serious act that has caused significant damage to the sate.
Except for the case specified in the first paragraph, revocation is not possible if it will result in person becoming stateless. Revocation of citizenship shall not automatically affect the citizenship of the spouse or the children.
Can I later renounce my Moldovan citizenship?
Yes, you can apply to renounce the Moldovan citizenship, provided you show evidence that you are (or will become) a citizen of another state.
Will my unborn children be automatically granted Moldovan citizenship?
Yes. A child born to a Moldovan parent shall be considered a Moldovan citizen. There are no requirements to live in Moldova to preserve the citizenship, which means that citizenship can be passed from generation to generation, irrespective of the actual place of residence.
Children adopted of fostered by Moldovan citizens also can acquire Moldovan citizenship.
What are the tax consequences of acquiring Moldovan citizenship?
Moldova does not have citizenship-based taxation. Therefore, acquisition of Moldovan citizenship should not affect your tax status. In order to be considered a Moldovan tax resident you will have to spend more than 183 days in a year in the country.
What are the military service obligations for Moldovan citizens?
Normally, male citizens aged 18-27 are subject to military service. However, this requirement does not extend to those citizens whose permanent residence is outside of Moldova.
Does Moldova extradite its own citizens?
No. Moldovan citizens cannot be extradited to another jurisdiction or be deported.
Is the decision on granting citizenship made public?
The citizenship decree shall be published in the official journal. However, the names of the applicants shall not be published.
What is the text of the oath that I will have to take?
"I, [last name, first name] born on [date of birth] swear to be a committed citizen of the Republic of Moldova, to faithfully observe its Constitution and other laws and not to take any action that could harm the interests and territorial integrity of the state."
Do I have to use the services of an accredited agent?
No. You also have the option to submit your documents in person at the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure at 171/1, Stefan cel Mare bvd., Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Not Ready for Citizenship?
Check the Residence by Investment Program
Moldova grants temporary residence permits to foreign investors who set up a company in Moldova, provided that:
- The company invests more than €19,000 in the economy (including real estate or other assets), or
- The company has created at least four full-time jobs with a monthly salary of not less than €320 each.
Residence Permit Validity
Investment of €19,000-64,000 or creation of at least 4 jobs
Investment of €64,000-192,000 or creation of at least 8 jobs
Investment of €192,000-640,000 or creation of at least 15 jobs
Investment of €640,000-1,280,000 or creation of at least 25 jobs
Investment in excess of €1,280,000 or creation of at least 50 jobs
Frequently Asked Questions
on Residence by Investment
Which documents do I have to present?
In addition to showing proof of shareholding and investment you will have to present the following documents:
- Passport (original and copy)
- Civil status documents, i.e. birth, adoption, marriage, divorce certificates, as applicable (originals and copies)
- Proof of accommodation (residence)
- Medical insurance
- Legalized police clearance certificate(s) issued by the country of your citizenship. If you have been a resident for two years or longer in a country other than the country of your citizenship, you will also have to provide a legalized police clearance certificate from that country as well as your residence permit.
Do I have to be physically present in Moldova to apply for residency status?
Yes, the application for residency status must be filed in person at the Bureau of Migration. Documents must be submitted at least 30 days before the expiration of your legal status in Moldova.
How long does it take for the residency to be issued?
If you are applying as an investor your application must be processed in 15 calendar days. In other cases the processing time is 30 days.
Will my family members also become residents?
Yes, a temporary or permanent resident may sponsor his/her family members by filing a petition for family reunion. The petition can be filed for the following family members:
- Unmarried children under the age of 18, born in or out of wedlock, including adopted children as well as children in custody of the resident;
- Unmarried adults children of the resident or his/her spouse, provided that they cannot support themselves because of health issues;
- Parents dependent on the resident or his/her spouse
- Other persons under the guardianship of the resident.
The petition of a temporary resident can be approved only if the resident shows proof of accommodation (place to live) and sufficient means to support himself and the family members (€320 per month for each family member).
Can the temporary residence permit be extended?
Yes, the temporary residence can be extended for an indefinite number of times. The application for extension must be filed at least 30 days in advance of the expiration date. The applicant will have to show a passport valid for the duration of the requested residency period, provided that the extension has the same objectives as the original application and that the applicant complied with the terms of his residence. He will also have to show availability of living space and medical insurance for the whole duration of the requested residency period.
When can I become a permanent resident?
A temporary resident may become a permanent resident after 5 years of maintaining his temporary resident status (3 years for spouses of Moldovan citizens if the marriage has been registered for at least 3 years). In order to qualify for permanent residence the foreigner must show:
- Availability of financial means to support himself/herself (this requirement does not apply to spouses of Moldovan citizens);
- Availability of living space;
- Speaks satisfactorily in Romanian language;
- Has clean criminal records for the last three years.
The children of permanent residents (or one permanent resident who holds sole custody of the children) are automatically granted permanent resident status.
The permanent residence status may be terminated if the resident permanently leaves Moldova or is absent from the country for 12 months, unless the resident provides acceptable reasons for the absence. In any case, the permanent residence status is automatically terminated after six years of absence.
What is the path to citizenship once I acquire a residence permit?
Under general rules on naturalization, citizenship may be granted to a permanent resident of Moldova (i.e. a person who lawfully resides in Moldova for at least 6 months in a year), provided that he shows knowledge of the Constitution and the state language and has lawful sources of means for living. The following residency requirements are applicable:
Status of the Applicant
No special circumstances
Applicant is a stateless person or a refugee (asylee)
Applicant resided in Moldova as a child (before the age of 18)
Applicant is in marriage with a Moldovan citizen
Applicant lives with parents or children who are Moldovan citizens
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